Seniors Road Safety

Check Before You Step - Don't Get Distracted Watch Cars AboutAcross New South Wales, 39 per cent of pedestrian fatalaties are aged over 60. Over 60s only make up 19 per cent of the population. Over 70s make up 29 per cent of pedestrian fatalaties but are only 10 per cent of the population. We need to work to keep our seniors safe. Willoughby City Council has a series of road safety programs aimed at seniors.

Seniors Road Safety Calendar

Each year Willoughby City Council joins with other North Shore and Northern Beaches councils to produce the Seniors Road Safety Calendar. The calendar promotes road safety for seniors and will be full of local photos, useful tips and information.

A road safety message is displayed on each month of the calendar, along with a number of valuable hints that can help reduce risks. Topics include issues for drivers, pedestrians and mobility scooter users.

There is also a list of useful phone numbers such as police, public transport info line, community aid and Centrelink.

The calendar is available through local senior groups and centres, retirement villages and council facilities across the northern Sydney region from the end of November each year.

Workshops

Contact the Road Safety Officer on 9777 7723 for more information about road safety workshops.

Drive Safer, Drive Longer - Senior Drivers Workshop

This free workshop is run over two two-hour sessions, usually a week apart, and is especially for drivers over 55. The workshop covers:

  • Practical, low-risk driving tips
  • Information on the 85 years plus RMS driving test
  • Road rules refresher
  • Alternative travel options
  • Health and driving
  • Opportunity to have your driving questions answered

Street Savvy Seniors

This free two-hour workshop is run in conjunction with NSW Police and focuses on helping seniors stay mobile when they are not driving. The workshop covers:

  • Safety on the streets
  • Crossing with care
  • Using public transport successfully
  • Safety as a passenger

Safer mobility scooters/wheelchairs

This free workshop is for anyone considering investing in a mobility scooter. Find out about getting a mobility scooter to suit your needs, tips on handling a mobility scooter, and the law about how and where you can use one. This workshop is run when there is sufficient demand. Phone the Road Safety Officer on 9777 7723 to be included in the next workshop.